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Bryston 28B³ Monoblock Power Amplifiers

By | January 16th, 2019|Categories: Audiophillia|

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According to its website, Bryston has been in business for 35 years, has 150 dealers in North America and is in 60 countries worldwide. That is very impressive for an audio company. Bryston headquarters is located in Peterborough, Ontario, Canada, which is approximately a 2 hour drive from my hometown, Toronto.

Even though I have known about Bryston for decades, I have not reviewed any of their products nor have I heard any of their products for an extended period of time.… Read the full article

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If Either of These Amplifiers is RIGHT . . .

By | December 18th, 2018|Categories: Stereophile|

It was January 1986. Stereophile‘s then publisher, Larry Archibald, and I were driving in his diesel ‘Benz sedan from Las Vegas to Santa Fe. We had shaken hands at the just-concluded Consumer Electronics Show on my replacing J. Gordon Holt as the magazine’s editor, and now, during the 750-mile drive, we mapped out the strategy to take what was then an “underground,” digest-format, somewhat irregularly published magazine to the position of dominance in audio publishing it still enjoys.

As Larry and I discussed on that 13-hour drive from Nevada to New Mexico, we began publishing every month with our October 1987 issue.… Read the full article

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2019 High-End Audio Buyer’s Guide: Power Amplifiers $5,000 – $20,000

By | December 7th, 2018|Categories: Absolute Sound|Tags: , |

2019 High-End Audio Buyer’s Guide: Power Amplifiers $5,000 - $20,000

McIntosh Labs MC275 VI $5500 The sixth version of this most classic of all McIntosh amplifiers is by far the best, boasting greater tonal neutrality yet without losing the beautifully solid, rounded, dimensional, and natural musicality of its tube origins. Thanks to improvements in the transformers, distortion and noise are far lower than ever, bandwidth higher, dynamic range wider, transparency greater, and transient response better than ever. At 75Wpc (though 90 is typical), the 275 has virtually all the power PS needs, but for those who want more, it’s strappable to 150W.… Read the full article

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AGD Production Vivace GaNTube Monoblock Amplifiers

By | November 6th, 2018|Categories: Positive Feedback|Tags: , |

AGD Production Vivace GaNTube Monoblock Amplifiers

I hear this term thrown around loosely… “disruptive product,” sometimes appropriately used… however in this case, we have a winner.

I’ve been on a mission lately, unintentional as it may seem, to be reviewing Class-D based amplifiers. Talk about a dirty word. I’ve had so many in an out of here, my head is spinning. No idea why that is happening, but I’m having a blast nonetheless. But, I’ll be honest. Most of the time, it’s a similar sound. Sometimes a little more here and a little less there, but this time I’ve got something here that truly redefines Class D.… Read the full article

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Thorardson Hi-Fi Amplifiers

By | November 1st, 2018|Categories: ItisHifi - Vintage|Tags: |

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DEQX HD Amplifiers

By | October 1st, 2018|Categories: AV Hub|

Famous Australian manufacturer DEQX has released a range of multichannel and monobloc amplifiers based on Hypex N-Core technology.

We’ve been looking for ways to offer the customers of our processors the highest-end amplifier performance that’s affordable because many DEQX users need two or three amplifiers per speaker for DEQX’s 3rd generation speaker/room correction architecture,’ said Kim Ryrie of DEQX. ‘Our third generation active architecture provides about a hundred times more DSP processing compared to traditional DSP, but it is needed to deliver the potentially perfect frequency and timing/phase response calibration inherent in high-definition music sources.Read the full article

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PMI Belles Aria Preamplifier and Monoblock Amplifiers Review

By | September 17th, 2018|Categories: Dagogo|Tags: , , |

It’s all about simplicity, and it is something audiophiles tend to forget. It seems the machinery of industry always wants to push a new feature, another aspect of operational complexity. Our cars are becoming technologically laden, far more so than computers of ten years ago. Phones are ubiquitous with the continual addition of functionality. Bluetooth invisibly conjoins mobile audio devices. Our homes are becoming “smart,” our children questionably so. Why, then, shouldn’t our components and systems for the home two-channel system also become more complex?

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Become more active with DEQX’s HD amplifiers

By | September 15th, 2018|Categories: DAR|Tags: , , , , |

Active loudspeakers – they can bring forth numerous aesthetic and audible advantages over their passive brethren. The case against centres on the elimination of choice. With electronics living inside the loudspeaker cabinet, no longer are we free to select our own amplifier or DAC. For many audiophiles, being able to mix and match devices is FUNdamental to the pursuit of better sound.

Internalised electronics alone don’t make a loudspeaker active. The amplification stage sitting after the crossover and operating at the driver level is what counts.… Read the full article

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PS Audio Stellar M700 Mono Amplifiers

By | August 8th, 2018|Categories: Positive Feedback|Tags: , |

All components in BOLD are loaned; all components in standard face are owned by me.

Pete's Smaller System

LOUDSPEAKERS

Angel City Audio “Seraphim” in Rosewood, Apogee Acoustics Scintilla. 1 Ohm fully refurbished.

ELECTRONICS 

Spectron Musician III with V-caps/Bybee filters/Premium Fuses, Pro-Ject Phono Box DS+ phono stage.

SOURCES

Digital: Mytek Stereo192 DSD DAC, M-Audio Profire 610 ADC for archiving analog to high resolution PCM.

Software: Custom front end using modified Kodi back-end as a renderer controlled via JRiver Media Center. Bit perfect digital to DAC via Firewire.… Read the full article

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15 ‘must-hear’ super-integrated amplifiers

By | July 17th, 2018|Categories: DAR|Tags: , , , , , , , , , |

Go hard or go home. The clarion call of the maximalist audiophile compiling an audio system for ultimate sound quality irrespective of its floor- and rack-space requirements, the hairball of interconnects that joins one component to another or the numerous credit card swipes that brings them home – see above. A solid understanding of how to mix and match components is mandatory. Understanding equates to experience. Experience takes time.

Enter the minimalist, drawn to audio systems where the box count is driven south for shorter signal paths, fewer interconnects and fewer power cables.… Read the full article

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